Mercer's Gollon named to national team for off-court contributions

Macon TelegraphFebruary 26, 2013 

Mercer junior Jake Gollon's impact on the court has been recognized by opponents and media members throughout his career with the Bears.

His impact off of the court is now being reward as well.

Gollon was named to the first Allstate/National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works team.

The award is for basketball players who "have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement," according to an NABC release Tuesday morning.

Gollon is joined on the Division I team by St. Joe's guard Langston Galloway, Belmont forward John Mann, Louisville guard Peyton Silva and Duke guard Tyler Thornton.

A Division I women's team was picked as was a men's and women's team encompassing Divisions II and III and NAIA.

Team members will go to the national coaches conventions that are held in conjunction with each Final Four. This year's men's Final Four is in Atlanta.

Panel members voting on the class included former Duke standouts Alana Beard and Jason Williams, ex-Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins, former Arizona star and five-time NBA champ Steve Kerr and former Boston College head coach Al Skinner.

Gollon signed with Mercer under former head coach Mark Slonaker, but sat out basically his first two seasons on campus with foot injuries.

The NCAA rewarded him medical redshirts, and Gollon already has his bachelor's degree and is working on his graduate degree in educational leadership.

Gollon is a mentor for a student at a local alternative school trying to get back to his regular school as well as part of a mentoring program with local pastor James Moore.

The junior from Stevens Point, Wisc., also participates in reading marathons and classes, is a member of "Rebuilding Macon" and "Macon Impact."

Gollon graduated with a 3.33 GPA and has a 3.83 in his graduate work.

He has played a huge role in Mercer's current historic run, from last year's Tournament championship to the program having consecutive 20-win regular seasons for the first time in school history.

Gollon is currently 18th in the A-Sun in rebounding, 12th in steals, and is third on the team with 8.6 points and an 85.2-percent free-throw mark, first with 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals and third with 2.3 assists.

He was voted to the A-Sun all-tournament team last year.


The full teams:

NCAA Division I
(Name, Class, Position, School, Hometown)
Langston Galloway, Junior, Guard, Saint Joseph's, Baton Rouge, La.
Jakob Gollon, Junior, Forward, Mercer, Stevens Point, Wis.
John Mann, Junior, Forward, Belmont, Smyrna, Ga.
Peyton Siva, Senior, Guard, Louisville, Seattle, Wash.
Tyler Thornton, Junior, Guard, Duke, Washington, D.C.

NCAA Division II, III and NAIA
(Name, Class, Position, School, Hometown)
Max Brewer, Senior, Guard, Franklin & Marshall, Park Ridge, N.J.
Jake Greene, Senior, Guard, LSU-Shreveport, Fry Creek, La.
Joseph Henain, Junior, Center, Mount St. Mary, Hopewell Junction, N.J.
Kevin Kotzur, Senior, Center, St. Mary's, La Vernia, Texas
Colton Overway, Senior, Guard, Hope College, Holland, Mich.

The Allstate/Women's Basketball Coaches Association teams:

NCAA Division I
(Name, Class, Position, School, Hometown)
Blanche Alverson, Senior, Guard, Auburn, Andalusia, Ala.
Whitney Hand, Senior, Guard, of Oklahoma, Fort Worth, Texas
Caroline King, Senior, Forward, Brown, Valencia, Pa.
Drey Mingo, Graduate, Forward, Purdue, Atlanta, Ga.
Gizelle Studevent, Senior, Guard, Penn State, La Jolla, Ca.

NCAA Division II, III and NAIA
(Name, Class, Position, School, Hometown)
Amanda Deal, Senior, Guard, California State, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Kathryn Ganser, Senior, Guard, Merrimack, Needham, Mass.
Logan Frederick, Senior, Forward, Skidmore, Arlington, Va.
Kayla Wheeler, Junior, Forward, Rochester Institute of Technology, Clifton Park, N.Y.
Emily Huber, Senior, Guard, Ave Maria, Indianapolis, Ind.


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